Freshman Crocker Leads Trojans In Season-Opening Event

    Freshman Sean Crocker led USC in his first collegiate event, tying for fourth after 36 holes today.
    Sept. 8, 2014

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    Freshman Sean Crocker made his collegiate debut a memorable one, turning in a 36-hole 2-under 140 (68-72) to lead the co-hosting USC men's golf team to third place after two-rounds of the season-opening Southwestern Intercollegiate at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., on Monday (Sept. 8).

    The Trojans, coming off their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships final last year, combined for a two-round 8-over 580 (288-292) for third, eight back of first-place Stanford (572) and two behind Washington State (578). San Diego State is fourth (583) and co-host Pepperdine is fifth (586).

    Crocker, a Westlake Village resident originally from Zimbabwe, is tied for fourth with a round to go, two back of a three-way tie for first. His first round included seven birdies as he was 1-under going out and 2-under going in. He began the second round at 3-over through 8, but finished the final 10 holes at 2-under.

    Rico Hoey, a 2014 All-American, began his sophomore season tied for 20th at 5-over 147 (74-73). He was even going out and 3-over coming home in his first round (with three birdies) and followed a 2-over front with an even back in his second round (with four birdies).

    Another Trojan freshman, Jonah Texeira, also began his career solidly, joining Hoey in 20th at 5-over 147 (74-73). He was 3-over on his front but even on his back to open the day. He was 3-over again through 9 in the second-round, but birdied 10 through 13 en route to a 1-under back 9 to close the night.

    Senior Eric Sugimoto is tied for 26th at 6-over 148 (72-76). Sophomore Danny Ochoa is tied for 45th at 9-over 151 (77-74).



    Senior Paul Smith led USC's individual efforts at 7-over 149 (72-77) and is tied for 32nd. Junior Bobby Gojuangco (75-75), freshman Bakari Bolden (74-76) and Andrew Levitt (73-77) are all tied for 38th at 8-over 150.